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cilium

[ sil-ee-uhm ]
/ ˈsɪl i əm /
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noun
singular of cilia.
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Origin of cilium

From Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for cilium

cilium
/ (ˈsɪlɪəm) /

noun plural cilia (ˈsɪlɪə)
any of the short thread-like projections on the surface of a cell, organism, etc, whose rhythmic beating causes movement of the organism or of the surrounding fluid
the technical name for eyelash

Word Origin for cilium

C18: New Latin, from Latin: (lower) eyelid, eyelash
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Scientific definitions for cilium

cilium
[ sĭlē-əm ]

Plural cilia
A tiny hairlike projection on the surface of some cells and microscopic organisms, especially protozoans. Cilia are capable of whipping motions and are used by some microorganisms, such as paramecia, for movement. Cilia lining the human respiratory tract act to remove foreign matter from air before it reaches the lungs.
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